FW: Re: [Tweeters] On the lighter side of exotics...

vogelfreund at comcast.net vogelfreund at comcast.net
Sat Dec 1 17:16:18 PST 2007


This is worth forwarding to Tweeters, I think:

Phil Hotlen
Bellingham, WA
-------------- Forwarded Message: --------------
From: Devorah Bennu <birdologist at yahoo.com>
To: vogelfreund at comcast.net
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] On the lighter side of exotics...
Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2007 23:52:53 +0000

> hi phil,

>

> did you know that the rump feathers of female

> peach-faced lovebirds have special modifications that

> help them "grab" nesting materials? they are

> microhooks that hold on to these objects that the

> females use.

>

> there also are some fascinating hybrid studies where

> peach-faced lovebirds were hybridized with masked

> lovebirds, and the data show that the birds could not

> build a nest; they tried to put nexting material in

> their rump feathers but didn't seem to know what to do

> with them once they had accomplished this (nevermind

> that the nest materials did not stick anyway).

>

> devorah

> GrrlScientist

>

> --- vogelfreund at comcast.net wrote:

>

> > We aquired our Peach-faced Lovebird as an orphan

> > that flew into a tent of Boy Scouts during a fierce

> > thunderstorm on Mt. Lemon above Tucson, AZ in 1970.

> > It was passed around, and when I saw it I knew I had

> > to have it. We named it "Cutie", because that's what

> > its call sounded like, with the accent on the last

> > sylllable - as if asking a question. We let it fly

> > around the house (duplex on Ft. Huachuca). Its

> > friend was a Curve-billed Thrasher outside. They

> > liked to call to each other. I think it (lovebird)

> > was a female, since she liked to build a nest behind

> > books in the bookcase. She made strips from

> > newspaper and inserted them into her blue rump

> > feathers, then flew with this new tail to her

> > hiideaway behind the books.

> >

> > Phil Hotlen

> > Bellingham, WA

> >

> > -------------- Original message

> > ----------------------

> > From: "Mason Flint" <masonflint at hotmail.com>

> > > All the Monk Parakeet talk reminded me of my

> > recent trip to Phoenix.

> > >

> > >

> > >

> > > I was there with my family, visiting my in-laws

> > but managed to sneak in a

> > > one full day of birding. After seeing a lot of

> > typical Arizona birds as well

> > > as a Northern Jacana (not an "exotic" but fairly

> > exotic nonetheless) at a

> > > golf course in Casa Grande I stopped at Gilbert

> > Water Ranch just south/east

> > > of Phoenix. Among the local birds I saw a nice

> > flock of

> > >

> >

> <http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=15&cat=1840&articleid=2330>

> > > Peach-faced Lovebirds and a Grey Goaway

> > >

> >

> <http://www.azfo.org/gallery/grey_go_away_gilbert_2007.html>

> > Bird.. I

> > > certainly didn't expect either species but got

> > great looks, took notes and

> > > did online research when I got back to a computer

> > to ID the birds. It turns

> > > out both have been seen there for some time.. For

> > a few minutes there I

> > > forgot that I was in suburban Phoenix. I also

> > managed to scare up a

> > > Tennessee Warbler which was pretty cool.

> > >

> > >

> > >

> > > The Lovebirds and Goaway Bird made me want to head

> > to the tropics for some

> > > birding!

> > >

> > >

> > >

> > > Regarding Monk Parakeets, I remember seeing them

> > in orchards in up-state New

> > > York back in the 70's. They were considered pests

> > by the farmers.

> > >

> > >

> > >

> > > Mason Flint

> > >

> > > Bellevue, WA

> > >

> > >

> > >

> >

> >

> > > From: "Mason Flint" <masonflint at hotmail.com>

> > To: <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

> > Subject: [Tweeters] On the lighter side of

> > exotics...

> > Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 05:42:34 +0000

> >

> > All the Monk Parakeet talk reminded me of my recent

> > trip to Phoenix.

> >

> >

> >

> > I was there with my family, visiting my in-laws but

> > managed to sneak in a

> > one full day of birding. After seeing a lot of

> > typical Arizona birds as well

> > as a Northern Jacana (not an "exotic" but fairly

> > exotic nonetheless) at a

> > golf course in Casa Grande I stopped at Gilbert

> > Water Ranch just south/east

> > of Phoenix. Among the local birds I saw a nice flock

> > of

> >

> <http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=15&cat=1840&articleid=2330>

> > Peach-faced Lovebirds and a Grey Goaway

> >

> <http://www.azfo.org/gallery/grey_go_away_gilbert_2007.html>

> > Bird.. I

> > certainly didn't expect either species but got great

> > looks, took notes and

> > did online research when I got back to a computer to

> > ID the birds. It turns

> > out both have been seen there for some time.. For a

> > few minutes there I

> > forgot that I was in suburban Phoenix. I also

> > managed to scare up a

> > Tennessee Warbler which was pretty cool.

> >

> >

> >

> > The Lovebirds and Goaway Bird made me want to head

> > to the tropics for some

> > birding!

> >

> >

> >

> > Regarding Monk Parakeets, I remember seeing them in

> > orchards in up-state New

> > York back in the 70's. They were considered pests by

> > the farmers.

> >

> >

> >

> > Mason Flint

> >

> > Bellevue, WA

> >

> >

> >

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